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Prescription Opioids: Medicare Needs to Expand Oversight Efforts to Reduce the Risk of Harm

Categories: Alcohol/Drug Abuse,Elderly,Health/Medical,Medicare/Medicaid

http://www.gao.gov/assets/690/687629.pdf

Examines federal oversight of Medicare beneficiaries who receive opioid prescriptions under Part D and oversight of providers who prescribe opioids.  From the Government Accountability Office

 

The Opioid Epidemic and Federal Efforts to Address It: Frequently Asked Questions

Categories: Alcohol/Drug Abuse,Federal State Relations,Health/Medical,Laws/Regulations

https://fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R44987.pdf

Includes sections on opioid abuse and supply issues, federal agencies and programs that address opioid abuse, recent legislation, and state policies.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists and InfoDocket.

 

Presidential Memorandum: Combatting the National Drug Demand and Opioid Crisis

Categories: Alcohol/Drug Abuse,China,Headlines,Health/Medical,Mexico

https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2017/10/26/presidential-memorandum-heads-executive-departments-and-agencies

Describes the loss of life and other damage caused by addictive drugs and calls upon the Secretary of Health and Human Services to declare a Public Health Emergency.  Cites rise in opioid prescriptions, heroin from Mexico, and fentanyl from China as major culprits.  From the White House

 

Characteristics of Homeless Individuals Using Emergency Department Services in 2014

Categories: Alcohol/Drug Abuse,Health/Medical,Housing/Homelessness,Medicare/Medicaid,Mental Health

https://www.hcup-us.ahrq.gov/reports/statbriefs/sb229-Homeless-ED-Visits-2014.pdf

Presents patient characteristics, insurance coverage or noncoverage, and a clinical profile of emergency department visits by homeless individuals in eight states.  Also describes the leading conditions suffered by homeless individuals who are admitted or treated-and-released.  From the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

 

Antidepressant Use Among Persons Aged 12 and Over: United States, 2011-2014

Categories: Alcohol/Drug Abuse,Health/Medical,Mental Health,Statistics

https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/databriefs/db283.pdf

Provides the most recent estimates of antidepressant use in the U.S., including prevalence of use by age, sex, race and Hispanic origin, and length of use.  Also covers trends in use from 1999-2002 to 2011-2014.  From the National Center for Health Statistics

 

Drug Overdose Deaths Among Adolescents Aged 15-19 in the United States: 1999-2015

Categories: Alcohol/Drug Abuse,Births/Deaths,Health/Medical,Statistics,Youth

https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/databriefs/db282.pdf

Shows rates and trends for both males and females for the period.  Opioids accounted for the highest number of drug overdose deaths in the 15-19 age group. From the National Center for Health Statistics

 

Interim Report: President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis

Categories: Alcohol/Drug Abuse,Health/Medical,Homeland Security,Mental Health,Privacy

https://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/whitehouse.gov/files/ondcp/commission-interim-report.pdf

Describes the extent of opioid use in the U.S. and the harm caused, and offers a set of recommendations for action prior to the issuance of the final report.  From the President’s Commission

 

Drugs of Abuse: A DEA Resource Guide, 2017 Edition

Categories: Alcohol/Drug Abuse,Health/Medical,Laws/Regulations,Mental Health

https://www.dea.gov/pr/multimedia-library/publications/drug_of_abuse.pdf

Describes the harms and consequences of drug use by explaining a drug’s effects on the mind and body, overdose potential, origin, legal status, and other key facts.  Covers narcotics, depressants, stimulants, hallucinogens, and anabolic steroids.  From the Drug Enforcement Administration

 

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